Government Fleet News

Feds Close Books on Auto Bailout

The U.S. government lost $9.26 billion in its financial rescue of the auto industry, and closed out its last investment earlier this month six years after initiating the plan.

GFX 2015 Educational Schedule Released

Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) has released the complete educational lineup for the 2015 conference. The 2015 GFX takes place June 8-11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Altec is a leading provider of aerial devices. Photo courtesy of Altec.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Boom Movement

Altec’s action affects 1,857 devices that may have a faulty hydraulic pressure transducer.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: 'Move Over' Law Compliance

Such laws require motorists to change lanes away from police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, and other emergency vehicles on the roadside so workers have the space they need to stay safe.

Hyster and Yale to Offer Fuel Cell Lift Trucks

With the acquisition of a hydrogen fuel cell company, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., parent company of Hyster and Yale Materials Handling, is set to begin producing OEM-integrated fuel cell technology into lift trucks.

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Unintended Acceleration Risk Prompts Fire Truck Recall

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 185 2008-2011 model-year Quantum fire trucks because of faulty accelerator pedal springs.

Pictured is a rendering of the CNG station. Photo via facebook/City of Hamilton

Ohio City Opens CNG Fueling Station

The City of Hamilton, Ohio, celebrated the grand opening of its first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Dec. 19, the first in the Cincinnati area.

Photo by Jim Park.

December Bulk DEF Prices Reach 2014 High

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December.

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San Diego to Improve Parts Management Security

The City of San Diego is improving its parts management security following an internal fraud risk assessment audit requested by Fleet Services.

The Michigan DOT's Upper Peninsula plowing fleet and the Marquette County Road Commission began using wing plows to clear active lanes of traffic, as well as shoulders. Photo via MDOT

Mich. DOT Expands Wing Plow Use

Wing plows are typically deployed on the right side of a standard plow truck, extending the plow's reach and allowing a driver to clear about 14 feet in one pass instead of 9-10 feet.

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Video: Insurance Institute's Top Safety Picks Nearly Double

The number of vehicles earning either of two awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has jumped to 71 from 39 last year, giving fleet managers more choices for optimum protection in crashes.

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Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs

President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation extending alternative fuels tax credits and removing the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program credit cap for bi-fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Older Dodge Ram Pickups Recalled

Two separate actions – one an expansion of a regional Takata air bag inflator field action – involve Dodge Ram trucks.

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Michelin Updates Dealer Locator App

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app, offering drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information.

North American shale operations, like this hydraulic fracturing operation at a Marcellus Shale well, are one reason for a global glut of oil.

What's Behind the Lowest Diesel Prices in Years?

Since the summer, the price of oil has plummeted 50 percent, hitting its lowest level in more than five years about a week before Christmas. Diesel has fallen from a yearly high of $4.021 in March to $3.419 in mid-December.

Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years

The price of oil has stabilized over the past week, but is still at its lowest level in years, while fuel prices show no signs of letting up from their dramatic declines.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Ships 2015 F-150 Trucks to Dealers

Ford has shipped more than 8,000 2015 F-150 pickup trucks to dealers, and the trucks should arrive in the next few days at dealers across the country.

Mich. County Doubles Price for City's Police Maintenance

Saginaw County, Mich., has increased the cost of a maintenance contract with the City of Saginaw under a cooperative agreement causing the city to pay twice as much as first negotiated.

Ohio City Approves $1.1M Fleet Upgrade

The City of Springfield, Ohio, will spend $1.1 million in 2015 to upgrade its aging fleet of vehicles by adding police cruisers, investigation bureau vehicles, snow plows, and possibly a fire engine.

Pa. County Pursuing Wide-Ranging Leasing Plan

Westmoreland County, Pa., could begin selling off as many as two-thirds of its fleet vehicles in favor of a leasing contract to reduce spiraling maintenance costs.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Downed Power Lines

Downed power lines pose unique road hazards. Here are safety tips from PG&E and Southern California Edison.  

Ford Ensures Parts Availability for New Models

Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100% of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model launches are available when vehicles hit showroom floors.


Santa Monica Fleet Manager Retires

Rick Sikes, fleet superintendent for the City of Santa Monica, Calif., has announced he is retiring after more than 35 years in fleet management. His last day is December 26.

ALI Lift Inspector Certification program candidates inspect a heavy-duty two-post lift at the Regional Transportation Center in Las Vegas as part of the Five Days to Victory accelerated certification program organized by several ALI member manufacturers in November. Photo courtesy of ALI

Vehicle Lift Manufacturers Help Inspectors Become Certified

To help accelerate the process and fill the need for Certified Lift Inspectors, ALI member manufacturers came together to hold a five-day “all-in-one” training, testing, and practical inspection event in Las Vegas Nov. 3-6, 2014.

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